It is now just over three years since we found and re-homed Susie from your Centre. She continues to occupy the centre of our family and is in good health at approx 10 years of age. Last month, she was down at our local vets for her annual shots and check up and the vet was very pleased with her.
Earlier this year, she made friends with a family of hedgehogs that visited our back garden every night for dry mealy worms that my wife put out for them on the patio - Susie first of all wanted to play and luckily did not try to pick them up like one of her squeaky toys but just sniffed them when they curled up - earlier this year we had 3 visit us almost every night but then it dwindled down to one who showed up like clockwork each night until recently - we think that it is now hibernating under our next door neighbour's decking as we could trace "hog" tracks in the grass to and under our fence into next door.
If I could have filmed Susie with the hedgehogs it would have been an internet sensation as was so funny to see her with her front legs down on the ground , her rear end in the air wagging like mad whist she sniffed the curled up hedgehog. We always put on the patio light now to give the "hog" warning that Susie is coming out , but now she is used to it, she just gives it a quick sniff and then goes off into "her" garden for her last patrol before bed.
Susie is a constant companion to either my wife or myself and is never more than a few feet away from one of us. She continues to travel well in the car and goes with us on trips to Yorkshire and even down to our daughter's in Norfolk. She is now quietly snoring away while I type this, but will wake up soon to tell me it is time for her walk. Attached is a photo of Susie taking my wife for a walk on Filey beach a couple of months ago. Filey allow dogs on the whole beach through the off season from end Sept to End March, and "reserve" the north end for dog walkers during the summer tourist season. A very sensible arrangement for a family holiday destination.
My wife joins me in sending all at the Centre our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.